New Book of Hetty Saunders' Poems

Excerpt from foreword to I Love to Live Alone: The Poems of Esther "Hetty" Saunders: "...Hers is a voice rarely heard - that of a free woman of color in pre-Civil War America - and her poems provide her readers with glimpses of what her life was like and how she perceived and addressed the inequities that surrounded her..."

Performance of interpretive readings and music of works by Salem County's 19th century African-American poet, Esther "Hetty" Saunders, featuring Uva, Warren Oree and Chris Neale.   The program at Mt. Hope UMC in Salem City celebrated the Salem County Historical Society's new publication of Saunders' complete works.

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Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Salem provided the venue for Bassist Warren Oree player, performing artist Uva, and percussionist Chris Neal to present the poems.
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At "Hetty's" gravesite, Dr. James Turk, Director of Salem County Historical Society, reads from Professor Donald Pierce's (right) book on Hetty.